Delia Tello – Final Essay

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Delia Tello

Professor Oh

Fundamentals of Speech Communication HUC 101

19 December 2018

Verbal and nonverbal communication in the movie Lion

    Communication exist since ancient times, when the first humans wanted to communicate with each other using words, sounds, signs and with drawings in caves. The movieLion(2016)   is about Saroo a five years old boy that got lost, and is adopted by a couple from Australia and after 25 years of living there decided to look for his biological family. This movie has verbal communication like words and nonverbal communication like gestures, facial expressions, hugs and eye contact.

     The movie started with nonverbal communication, Saroo is outside smiling and running playing with butterflies his facial expressions is saying that he is happy, in another scene Saroo is drinking milk and with the gesture of extending his hands and a smile offer milk to his mother and she said no, in another important nonverbal  communication he is so tired that his eyes are almost close, after a few minutes he felt sleep on an empty train which was in the station without moving, when he waked up he realized that the train is moving and is far away from home in this scene the facial expressions said everything, because he looked terrified and tried to open the door, running from side to side but he could not open.  Finally when the train stopped he got out and we can see the nonverbal communication when he started running with a sadness in his face and screaming his brother’s name Guddu. After two months of being hungry, cold, afraid, Saroo end up in an Orphanage where all the children there show sadness in their faces, without them saying a word  anyone knew they were not happy. In another scene Sarro found out that he is being adopted by a couple from Australia and after a year there the couple adopted another boy from India who hit himself his head due to his psychological problems of his childhood, in this scene the nonverbal communication is very dramatic because we could see desperation in their faces   when trying to make him stop. After 25 years of living in Australia Saroo decided to looked for his biological family and started searching his hometown in India without positive results. The name of the town where he was from was not in the map.  In one scene again the nonverbal communication is dramatic because he started kicking and punching  the wall where he had all the information of the trains because he was frustrated that he did not find the place where hi was from. When he finally found his home he did not say anything for a moment and then smiled and tears ran down on his face. This scene is another important nonverbal communication in this movie. So he went to India looking for his family and when he found them mother, son, and sister hug and kiss each other. Saroo cried when he found out that his brother Guddu have passed away.

     In verbal communication we use words to communicate with each other. The first verbal communication in this movie is in a scene where Guddu the big brother called his little brother Saroo, and started walking. The brothers went looking for jobs but Saroo was too tired to walk because it was night already, so the big brother went alone not without telling the little brother to wait for him without moving, but the little brother went to sleep in a train that was stopped there, not knowing that the train was going to move,  in this scene the verbal communication is dramatic because when he waked up he realized that the train is moving and is far from home Saroo started calling his brother’s name and screaming  “Help Help, open the door, get me out of here”. When the train got to it’s destination Saroo got out and started calling Guddu, with no good results. One verbal communication that it was sad is when he said” mom I miss you and Guddu I miss you”. In one important scene a lady at the orphanage tell him “We have found a family over in Australia and Sarro ask the lady  “did you really looked for my mom” and she said “ looked everywhere” in one verbal communication the adopted parents in the airport gave Saroo a koala stuff animal and said “ this is for you” and Sarro only smile a little. Another important verbal communication is when Saroo said that he was not from Calcutta and was lost and his friends told him to looked in Google Earth to try to find his hometown. He spend many hours searching for his home in Google Earth, when he finally found Ganesh Talai on the map he went to his girlfriend house and said “ I found home” Saroo went to India and walked the same places that have walked with his brother Guddu. When he found the house he found only goats there, he asked saying,  “ I used to live here, I am looking for Guddu, Kallu and Shekila my mother”,  if they knew where was the people who used to live there and then a man answered in English and said “come, come” Saroo followed the man and  this next scene is so good because mother, son and sister hugged each other after 25 years. He said ammi (mom) and she said “ I have been looking for you”. The movie ends with Saroo walking the same places where he and his brother walked more than 20 years ago.

     This movie was so good with a lot of verbal and nonverbal communication, it was based in a true story. It is a sad movie but with a happy ending. I am sure that they are recuperating the time that was lost and they are enjoying being together when Saroo comes to visit them This movie Lion has many parts of communication because not only has verbal and nonverbal communication but we can talk about proxemics, Internet  is the is the medium that helped Saroo find his childhood home and we talk about cultures too because India and Australia are different cultures, in this movie there is relational and conflict communication too, for example the relationship between Saroo and his brother Mantosh.  Lionis a very good movie with drama and I recommend to anyone.

Communication exist since ancient times, when the first humans wanted to communicate with each other using words, sounds, signs and with drawings in caves. The movieLion(2016)  is about Saroo a five years old boy that got lost, and is adopted by a couple from Australia and after 25 years of living there decided to look for his biological family. 

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